Sabinews Midday News Update for June 12, 2015
APC resolves rift among its Reps’ members
IN a bid to ensure delivery of democracy dividends, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has resolved the rift among its members in the House of Representatives over the election of Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.
The Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party met yesterday with Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila and those in support of his aspiration to be Speaker of the House of Representatives for about two hours at the party’s secretariat in Abuja. Read more
African Union debates single currency
The Africa Union is mooting the idea to adopt a single currency as part of the Agenda 2063 roadmap worked out by the organization, Anthony Mothae Maruping, AU Commissioner for Economic Affairs, said on Thursday.
The aim is to connect Africa through world class infrastructure, with a concerted push to finance and implement major projects, Maruping said on the sidelines of the 25th AU Summit taking place in Johannesburg. Read more
Fraud: We rejected N50m bribe – Mbu
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone two, Joseph Mbu, on Thursday said his men turned down a N50million bribe offered by Bureau De Change (BDC) operators who duped their clients of N624million.
Mbu was reacting to allegations of torture leveled against his personnel by two suspects in the case Alhaji Yerima Suleiman and Uwem Antia.
The suspects had petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting investigation into alleged unlawful detention, torture meted on them by the Zone two Police and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Read more
Boko Haram On Rampage In Borno, Kills 37 In Remote Villages
Boko Haram terrorists on Wednesday stormed about six villages in Damboa local government area of Borno State, killing at least 37 persons and torching hundreds of houses, security sources and witnesses said.
Those who survived the wild attack of the terrorists that drove in in four-wheel trucks and shooting indiscriminately in the air, were left with serious injuries. Read more
Germanwings Co-Pilot Had Vision Problems, Unfit To Fly – Prosecutor
French prosecutor, Brice Robin, said on Thursday that investigation revealed that the late Germanwings co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz had vision problems due to long-term health problems including depression and was unfit to fly.
The prosecutor said in Paris that from the investigation, there was no evidence of negligence by Germanwings, Lufthansa. Read more
National Assembly: APC Lawmakers Seek For Solutions, Re-Strategising – Zorro
Rep. Sani Zorro, on Thursday in Abuja said the solution to recent happenings in the National Assembly was for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to re-strategise and clean up.
Zorro, who represents Gumel/Maigatari/Sule Tankarkar/Gagarawa Federal Constituency, of Jigawa State, said this to newsmen after rising from a meeting with the National Working Committee of the APC. According to him, the happenings can be managed while those who masterminded the crisis will not benefit from it politically as APC will bounce back. Read more
NDIC Submits 2014 Report To Financial Council
The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has submitted its 2014 audited financial statement to the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN).
This is contained in a statement signed by Alhaji Hadi Birchi, NDIC Head of Communications and Public Affairs. It said the council’s Head of Inspection and Monitoring, Mr Titus Osakwe, received the report on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the council, Mr. Jim Obazee. Read more
Offor Bags Honorary Citizenship Of State Of Georgia
Sir Emeka Offor, was on Thursday honoured with an Honorary Citizenship of the State of Georgia in the U. S.
At a ceremony held in his honour, the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus of the Georgia Parliament, Rep. Dee Dawkins, said Offor was honoured for his contributions in the fight against diseases in Africa and Nigeria in particular. She commended Offor for his work and support in the alleviation of the sufferings of the less privileged through philanthropy thereby giving hope to those in need irrespective of tribe, creed, religion and nation. Read more
UN envoy quits as meditator in Burundi crisis
The United Nations envoy Said Djinnit has quit his role as meditator in Burundi crisis, following requests from the opposition which accused him of being “biased”.
“He (Said Djinnit) is stepping down from his role as a facilitator but remains engaged with respect to Burundi as part of his role of UN special envoy to the Great Lakes region,” Vladimir Monteiro, spokesman for the UN Electoral Observation Mission told Xinhua on Thursday. The opposition accused Djinnit of being siding with the government in talks between the two sides over the crisis sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third-term bid — allegations that the UN envoy rejected. Read more
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to step down
Dick Costolo, who helped turn the message start-up Twitter into a global town square, is stepping down amid criticism over the company’s disappointing financial performance and a recent stock slide.
Jack Dorsey, a co-founder who served as CEO during Twitter’s early years, will temporarily take the reins while the San Francisco company looks for a permanent replacement. Read more
Zambia shuts schools over typhoid outbreak
Thirty schools in the Zambian capital Lusaka have been closed due to unsanitary conditions following an outbreak of typhoid in the city, the Times of Zambia reported on Thursday.
Public Relations Manager for Lusaka City Council, Mulunda Habenzu, said the schools, including both public and privately-run ones, are in Kanyama, a densely-populated shanty town, west of the city, where the water-borne disease has broken out. Read more
South African Rangers Intensify Search For Fleeing Lion
Flying in a helicopter and armed with tranquilliser guns, South African game rangers are intensifying the search for a young lion that escaped from a wildlife park last week.
Officials said the three-year old lion was believed to have escaped on June 5 through a hole under the perimeter fence at the Karoo National Park. Read more
Japan Consider Banning Drones From Flying Over Crowded Places
Japan could ban drones from flying over urban areas and from any night time flights amid concerns the unmanned aircraft could be used for terrorist attacks. Reports say on Friday that this is contained in a proposal by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government.
The government is pushing to revise the Civil Aeronautics Law during the current parliament session. Read more
AFCON qualifiers get underway
Plenty of goals but few upsets are likely outcomes when the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying competition kicks off Friday. All the first and second seeds in the 12 four-team groups enjoy home advantage, giving them a distinct early edge as they compete for 15 places at the tournament in Gabon.
Recently appointed Senegal coach and former captain Aliou Cisse said “favourites” in football matches are a figment of journalists’ imaginations. Read more
Malaysia plane makes emergency landing in Melbourne
A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane has made an emergency landing in Melbourne, Australia, after reporting a possible engine fire.
Flight MH148 had just taken off from Melbourne for the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur when the problem occurred, the BBC reports.
Plane tracking sites showed the Airbus 330 circling Melbourne airport several times before turning back. Read more
Speakership: Buhari’s stance encouraged me to run – Dogara
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision not to interfere with the process that produced the National Assembly leaders encouraged him to vie for the Speaker of House of Representatives.
Dogara, who said this during a meeting with some state caucuses, pointed out that his victory was by Nigerians and hence he will not be vindictive. Read more
WHO to hold MERS emergency meeting next week
The World Health Organization said Friday it would call an emergency meeting next week on the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as the death toll from the virus rises in South Korea.
South Korea has suffered the largest outbreak of the virus outside Saudi Arabia.
A 72-year-old woman became the latest fatality on Friday after being infected by a MERS patient at a hospital, the health ministry said, taking the death toll in the country to 11. Read more
Amosu dismisses Amnesty’s report on fight against terrorists
CHIEF of Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Adesola Amosu has described as “biased and hypocritical” the “twisted opinion of Amnesty International on the activities of the Nigerian Military in the ongoing war against Boko Haram terrorists even as a 26 year old Flying Officer, killed by the insurgents was buried.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja at the burial of Late Flying Officer Duke Linus Toryem, who was killed in the course of duty in Sambisa forest by mines planted by the terrorists. Amosu said: “We want Africa and the Third World to speak with one voice , particularly to be able to use the proper words in describing what happens in the theatre of war. You are fighting combatants that are in mufti but that does not make them noncombatants. Read more
38-year-old Sentenced To Death By Hanging For Killing Stepson
A 38-year-old housewife, Mrs Ternenge Tersoo, who strangled her stepson to death, of her husbands’ second wife’s 38-year-old housewife, Mrs Ternenge Tersoo has been sentenced to death by hanging.
The judge of a Makurdi High Court, Justice Jennifer Ijohor who delivered the judgement on Thursday, said the evidence before the court showed that the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt which warranted conviction of the accused. Read more
Taraba governor, Ishaku, declares state of emergency in water sector
NOT comfortable with the acute shortage of portable water in the city of Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State and its environs, the state governor, Darius D. Ishaku, has directed immediate overhauling of the entire water plants in the state.
Wondering why the people would continue to go about in search of drinking water when the much needed equipment to pump water to the nooks and crannies of the state are available, he urged those in charge of making water available to the people to, as a matter of urgency, make it available or find themselves to blame. Read more
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